By: Paiton Glunt
The curtains are opening for the annual spring musical at Elizabethtown Area High School. This year, the spring musical is Curtains. Curtains is a parody of 1950s “whodunnit” theater mysteries, where a lone detective investigates a series of murders that take place behind the scenes of a fictional cowboy musical. The cast of the musical is forced to stay inside the theater while the detective unravels the mystery, falling in love in the process. Showtimes are March 8th at 7:00 pm, March 9th at 7:00 pm, and March 10th at 1:00 pm and 7:00 pm.
Musical director Ms. Blaisdell decided, after two years of doing well-known shows, to put on the less-familiar Curtains. She wanted to do a show that was dance focused, comedic, and had a large ensemble and high-energy tunes. When asked about any challenges that came with producing Curtains, Blaisdell replied, “There are always challenges when making a show. The one challenge that affected the show was [that] the choreographer quit, but it ended up being a good thing. It allowed the student to step up and show off their choreography skills.” Other than that, Blaisdell said, practices for the musical have been going well and they have stayed on schedule.
Ryan Dennehy, a senior at EAHS, who plays the main character, detective Frank Cioffi, in the musical, describes the performance preparation process and challenges that come along with it. “With any musical, everybody inside of it needs to kind of step out of who they normally are and not into a character but into this whole group setting. Blaisdell is kind of a unique director in the way she allows us to have a lot of student input, which can be good and bad, because we get a say in what happens, but it also makes this whole teamwork environment more difficult." Dennehy went on to say that the show’s big ensemble and multiple dance numbers can make it challenging to keep students focused. “I think that making everyone work together to make it be a cohesive linear production is more difficult with this show.”
Adam Evans, an EAHS sophomore, thinks “the audience will think [the show is] very funny; it’s a comedy for sure. It’s a really fun musical and I can’t wait to put it all together for an audience.”
The cast members agree that Curtains is a exciting show sure to make the audience laugh and leave with a smile on their face.